By Claire Fanger
Invoking Angels brings jointly a tightly themed choice of essays on past due medieval and early glossy texts fascinated about the function of angels within the cosmos, concentrating on angelic rituals and religious cosmologies. jointly, those essays tie medieval angel magic texts extra truly to medieval faith and to the better-known author-magicians of the early sleek interval. within the technique of rearticulating the certainty of Christian angel magic, individuals research the locations the place an intersection of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic rules could be pointed out. other than the editor, the members are Harvey J. Hames, Frank Klaassen, Katelyn Mesler, Sophie web page, Jan R. Veenstra, Julien Véronèse, Nicolas Weill-Parot, and Elliot R. Wolfson.
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Scholem, Major Trends in Jew ish Mysticism, 4, quoting Jones's introduction to Studies in Mysti cal Religion (1909), xv. 86. , 5lf. 87. In regard to the scholar ly perception of theurgy and unio mystica within Judaism, of course, m uch has been reconfigured since Scholem. Against a prevailing te n dency to accept Scholem's strate gic diagn o s i s of mysti cal union as absent from Jewish mysticism, Moshe Ide) has defen ded the ide a that concepts of unio mystica are important to Judaism, too, often expressed in metaphors similar to those of Christian mysticism.
Th e second part, which contains th e orationes speciales, i s subdivided like the first. It lays out all there is to know for the acquisition of total knowledge. The transition from the first part occurs on fol. Sva. 23 After presenting the different arts of which the Ars notoria allows mastery, following a logical order, the trea trivium (grammar, rhetoric, and tise turns its attention to the arts making up the logic/ dialectic). 31 For each art, the text, and especially the gloss, provides lengthy details about the conditions under which the figures should be examined.
For further description of the features of the two versions, see chapter 5 in this volume. We have also found several variants of a late, nonauthorial redaction, and a few manuscripts in which a few of John's prayers have been extracted and repurposed. For an account of one of these, see Claire Fanger and B. org/. 19. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Liturg. 160. 20. The text was first noticed by Carlos Gilly, who reports on it stra's chapter in this volume for a bibliography and a himself. in a 2002 article; see Veen summar y of the little that is known of Ganell 11.
Invoking Angels: Theurgic Ideas and Practices, Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries by Claire Fanger